In the News: Forests

Gibson Guitar settlement strikes chord with wood companies

From GreenBiz: A settlement reached with Gibson Guitar this month is held up as the first instance of action taken to enforce the Lacey Act’s provision for wood sourcing.

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Weyerhaeuser Names ATFS-Certified Wood as Preferred Purchase Option

From the Environmental Leader: Weyerhaeuser Company has announced its preference for purchasing wood certified under the American Tree Farm System, an independent certification designed for US family forest landowners and recognized by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

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Rising Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere Also Speeds Carbon Loss from Forest Soils

From Science Daily: Elevated levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide accelerate carbon cycling and soil carbon loss in forests, new research led by an Indiana University biologist has found.

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A New Satellite Tool Tracks Deforestation

From The New York Times: An international team of researchers presented a new tool at the Rio+20 sustainability conference last week: the first satellite system for monitoring deforestation across Latin America in nearly real time. While such programs have existed … Continue reading

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New Data and Methods Paint Clearer Picture of Emissions from Tropical Deforestation

From Science Daily: A team led by researchers at Winrock International, a U.S. environmental nonprofit organization, has developed an estimate of gross carbon emissions from tropical deforestation for the early 2000s that is considerably lower than other recently published estimates. … Continue reading

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Google Earth Helping Amazon Tribe to Preserve Their Forest and Their Culture

From Treehugger: At the UN Rio+20 conference this week, Google revealed their first cultural map for Google Earth. The result of a five-year project with Brazil’s Surui tribe, the map consists of a collection of pictures, videos and 3-D visualizations … Continue reading

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Can world’s ‘most threatened’ tribe be saved?

From Yahoo news: “When the forest is destroyed, they either flee or they simply die,” said Survival’s field director Fiona Watson, who has worked with and interviewed many of the 360 surviving Aw√° who are in contact with society. On … Continue reading

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New Research Can Save Tropical Forests

From Science Daily: Scientists from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have investigated how much carbon the natural forests of Sri Lanka contain. The results are important for work to reduce deforestation of tropical countries, and for international negotiations in climate … Continue reading

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Brazil tries to balance farming and forests

From CNN: The battle for land here has pitched environmentalists against ranchers and farmers. A new Forest Code being debated in Congress has further heightened tensions.

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BioMass Packaging Launches Compostable Cup Range

From Environmental Leader:BioMass Packaging has added modular, single-serve cups and lids to its line of compostable food service products. Greenware cups (pictured) and lids are made entirely from NatureWorks Ingeo biopolymer, a polylactic acid-based material. The range consists of a … Continue reading

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